Mother’s Day Card Ideas for Kids

Mother’s Day is coming up and you’re in charge of making sure the kids make special cards for their mom. Maybe you’re a dad or an older sibling or a helpful aunt. What do you do when the person who usually handles the craft-making is the surprise recipient? You can’t very well ask her for help.

First thing you want to do is to raid the art supply closet. Chances are you’ve got all the basics from glue to glitter to crayons and pom poms all at the ready. You can use everything you find to make homemade Mother’s Day cards that will be the hit of the big day. Moms love getting handmade cards from little ones (and also from big ones, too!).

Here are some ideas to get you started making fantastic cards that the kids will have a ball crafting.

Potato Stamps

There are few things more fun for kids than creating stamps that they carved themselves out of food. Take some raw potatoes and let them make their own “rubber stamps.” The idea is to cut the potato in half, carve out a design, and then stamp it in ink. Use the inked potato to affix an image to a card in the same way as you would a rubber stamp. The trick is getting the artwork on the potato with all little fingers and toes intact. You certainly don’t want to let young kids use a knife. But a plastic knife from a disposable cutlery set should be ok for kids over five. But you’ll still have to supervise. Most likely, you’ll want to do the actual cutting of the potato.

Help kids to create art that doesn’t have a ton of fine lines in it. Bold shapes like hearts, paw prints, flowers, stars, smiley faces, etc., all can be done without much intricacy. Go for the bold shapes and leave the rest to the imagination. Or, kids can embellish the designs once the outline is stamped on the paper.

Hunt online or through clip art books for shapes that will easily carve into a potato half. Once you have the design, you can either trace it onto the potato with a Sharpie marker or cut freehand. Adults with some art skills can easily make a shape that’s discernible as the object it’s supposed to represent.

(Get your own Potato Stamp Template.)

After the potatoes have been cut, have kids use stamp pads in different colors. Place the potato cut side down so the art touches the ink. Then stamp right away onto card stock or other paper. Any paper can be used including the backs of paper bags. Then, cut out the images or stamp an entire card and then embellish the image with glitter, markers, paint, glitter glue or pom poms.

With a very small amount of money spent on supplies, you can create memorable cards for all the moms that are in the extended family. Have kids use their own penmanship skills and try to avoid writing the cards for them if you can. The most endearing Mother’s Day cards are the ones kids write themselves. Put the date on the back so mom can always remember how old the children were when the card was made.

Author Bio:
Sarah is a writer who enjoys crafts, kids and party planning. She regularly contributes articles to the Holiday Gifts & Baskets blog, where you can find more ideas for Mother’s Day gifts.

Image Credits: jimmiehomeschoolmom and feli* from Flickr Creative Commons

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Thank you Sarah for a great idea for Mother’s Day!  I’m sure we will all enjoy making these fun cards for the Mom’s in our lives!

 



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Edible Playdough

I’m not sure about where you live, but here in Utah the flowers ad blooming, the buds on the trees are sprouting and the kids are itching to be OUTSIDE! Unfortunately, it is only like 38 degrees out there (cruel trick, Mother Nature, cruel trick). My kids are DYING to get out and just run! A few times, they have gotten brave enough to play in the back yard but soon come back in shivering with slightly purple lips. Poor things!

In an effort to relieve the “springtime fever” that is afflicting our house, here is one of the fun activities we have been using to keep us busy.

Edible Playdough

This recipe is always a favorite!  My kids love to play with their food and then eat it!  What better than Edible Playdough (akd Peanut Butter Playdough).  This is also perfect for the toddlers in your life that try to eat EVERYTHING anyways….why not give them that they CAN eat?!

Edible Play Dough

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 4 cups powdered milk
  • 3 1/2 cups kero syrup
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together. I have found that it is best if you use the powdered milk that is not in little ball type "powdered milk". Try to find some that is truly powdered or put it in your blender for a few spins to powder it down. When mixed well, divide into small balls for kids to eat and play with. If it is a bit sticky, try putting a bit of powdered sugar on the table or on hands.

Notes

If you have a peanut allergy, try almond butter or cashew butter instead. Yummy and still fun to eat and play with!

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We hope you enjoy it!  Here are some pictures of what MY kids came up with….

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Happy face Edible playdough bow

and an Edible PlayDoh bow

Creative, right?!  Well, they had fun, got some creativity out AND had snack all in 1 :)

Enjoy our recipe for Edible Playdough (aka Peanut Butter Play Dough) and let us know what fun YOUR kids had with it by commenting below!



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Crafty Birthday Party

t-shirt kid craft

 There are lots of different birthday party ideas these days and it can be hard to come up with something original, or that will keep children entertained for a length of time.

 This is a fun, simple birthday party idea, which shouldn’t be too messy, or involve too much cleaning up afterwards; perfect!

 Children are always looking to express themselves, and once they start noticing what children in their class are wearing they can be very specific about which shoes they want to wear or about not wearing a particular jumper. This party craft gives children the opportunity to express themselves on their clothes, and leaves party guests with a keepsake they can use again and again.

 All you need is plain t-shirts for X number of children attending party (and maybe a few extra, just in case) and in a few different sizes if you don’t already know the kids coming. When you buy direct from wholesalers you can get plain and cheap tshirts at a fraction of the high street price.

 Using a pack of Berol Colour Fab crayons which include twelve different colored crayons children can easily put their own design onto a t-shirt and whilst they tuck into some party food the design simply needs to be ironed on to fix the vivid colors to the t-shirt. For younger children you can print out easy to follow designs for children to copy, or start them off with an outline to color in. Personally, I prefer a genuine child’s design, one that looks like the picture they’d draw you in class and bring back and have stuck on the refrigerator.

 This is a sure fire winner at any party and will give great memories to party guests and the birthday boy or girl. Another great advantage to this craft is that it is suitable for unisex parties, appealing equally to boys and girls. Enjoy being creative!

 Don’t hesitate; see your children’s creativity take form and their next party.

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Fun Ways To Teach Children This Easter

Happy EasterEaster has come early this year, as it usually falls around the first or second week of April. However this year Easter Sunday has fallen on March 31st meaning we will all be excited for the bank holidays that are coming up very soon! It is of course an important time of year in the Christian calendar and is celebrated across the world. It is a brilliant chance to use for inspiration in the classroom or at home, as a fun way to help children learn.

Turning events and important dates on the calendar into something that children can learn from is a fantastic idea. It is something different for them to get excited about and be interested in. Changing up the way you teach things to them will give a better chance of it sticking in their mind than just repeating the same ways.

Of course when you think about spring time and Easter pretty colors come to mind so it is a great time of year to make use of your art and craft supplies. There are great ranges tailored especially towards Easter from Early Years Resources to help you come up with some great ideas. If you are a teacher in a school of course an Easter egg hunt is a fantastic idea! Whether you are able to do it outside if the sun is shining down, or within the classroom it is a great way for kids to get to move around and learn. You could set up clues on each egg, for instance make it a part of math class by giving them sums to work out which will add up to a number that will lead them to the next clue.

Another fun activity to try out is to put all of the children’s names in a basket and let them pick out a name one at a time. They then have to use a polystyrene or wooden egg and decorate it to look like their classmate! They will have to pay close attention to detail and you can them put them up on display as a great personal touch to the classroom.

For young children you could use the spring season as a way to teach them the name of animals’ offspring. With cute lambs being born and bouncing around the field, they could draw pictures of animals and then try to match up the name of the young with the animal it should go with.

Make sure that every child is involved and use the bright spring time colors to your advantage to get them excited about leaving behind winter!

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Tutorial: Pop-Up Cards You Can Make With Your Children

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Kids love to get crafty, creative and messy. And with the Easter holidays around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking of activities to keep them out of trouble for a few weeks.

Pop-up cards are a great DIY that you can do with your children, and are perfect for sending to friends and relatives for Easter. You may think that this kind of DIY involves lots of complicated folding and tricky technique.

Surprisingly enough, it is actually pretty simple to make one of these cards.

Here we share a quick tutorial that will work every time, as well as some simple pop-up card ideas that you can include in your DIYs:

Pop-up card tutorial

To make a pop-up card you will need:

  • Sturdy, colored card (for the card itself and your pop-up picture or message)
  • Scissors
  • Paper glue

Step 1:

Cut two pieces of card into the same size and fold in half. This will be your card itself so make sure they can fit together perfectly. Make sure you choose a bright color like yellow to really make your card stand out.

Step 2:

Next, cut parallel lines in pairs of the same length into the middle fold of one piece of card. You may need to help younger children out here as this can be pretty tricky. The cuts should be a maximum of half the length of the card.

Push these flaps forward and you will see your ‘ledges’ that will give the pop-up effect. Try and vary the length of these and space them out evenly. Depending on the image or message you’re including, you will need more or less flaps so work this out before hand.

Step 3:

Now you need to start crafting the display for your card.

Discuss some great ideas with your kids and get them to draw their images on the colored card. They can be as crafty and creative as they like, so be sure to let them go crazy. Later in this article we’ll share some ideas for what you could include.

Step 4:

Using paper glue, stick the pictures onto the front of the folded out flaps. When you close your card, these images will lie flat and then ‘pop up’ when it is opened. You will notice that you can see the cut out parts of the card when closed, so glue your second piece of card over the outside to cover it.

Step 5:

Get your children to decorate the front of the card in a similar style and then write a quick message inside. This is a really quick DIY that your children will have great fun doing. After a little practice, they will be able to make these cards for almost every occasion.

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Quick card ideas

With Easter in mind then, there are a number of ‘Happy Easter’ style cards your children could create. Some ideas for the ‘pop-up’ could include:

  • Easter eggs
  • Easter bunny
  • Chicks
  • A ‘Happy Easter’ message

Your kids can also make these cards for birthdays and a whole host of other occasions. So what are you waiting for?

If you’re looking for a great way to keep your little ones entertained in the coming Easter break, pop-up cards are a simple but great craft they will enjoy for hours.

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Fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids

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Here are more fun crafts to do for St. Patrick’s Day.  Our crafts from last year can be found here.

This year, we have more fun crafts for kids from a lot of other great bloggers and even one I have made for you myself!

So without further delay- here are our choices for St. Patrick’s Day 2013!

St. Patrick's Day Anti-pinch badge

This anti-pinching badge by Celebrations.com is perfect for the kid or grown up who doesn’t want to wear green, but still doesn’t want to get pinched.  So easy and super cute!  I think when I make one for my little girl, the shamrock will wear a cute pink bow, just to “girly” it up a little more.  I may also add some lace or sparkles because without them, she simply won’t wear it!

St. Patrick's Day hat

This fun St. Patrick’s Day hat by Holiday Craft Source is one that my preschoolers will love.  They can color and then wear their creation all day long, then display it on their dresser until they destroy it.

What is more fun than making a craft out of shamrocks?!  This adorable shamrock man by All Kids Network will be so much fun for all my kids.  It will be fun to see what individual and unique twists each kid puts on their craft.  (as long as we don’t have a zombie shamrock, I’m good.  ha ha)

Free Printable St. Patrick's Bingo Cards

Who doesn’t enjoy a fun game of Bingo?  Well, these Free Printable Bingo cards from About.com are fun and festive!  I love that you can print them out in color or black and white.  My kids would LOVE to color their own bingo cards.  Be sure to print out the picture cards as well so you will know what to call out when playing the bingo game.

These gorgeous wire shamrocks are a craft by Family Corner.com.  They are part of a post of 10 shamrock crafts, scroll down to #3 to find this beautiful shamrock craft.  I was surprised how easy it is to make!  I think this is a craft that mom and kids will both love.

 Leprechaun Free Printable Paper Bag Puppet

This paper bag puppet is an adorable leprechaun from our sister-site FreePaperBagPuppets.com.  It is a FREE printable puppet that your child can color, cut, paste, and pretend with.  My kids have been coloring and coloring and coloring these fun leprechauns.  I think we have about 50 of them floating around the house now.  They believe that if they have enough puppets they can trick a REAL leprechaun into coming to our house so they can trap him and get his treasure!

I hope you enjoy these fun crafts from these super crafty people~!  Have a very HAPPY St. Patrick’s Day!



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Frugal Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day will be here soon. Many people get frustrated during this time of the year because they do not have the money to buy extravagant gifts. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that people can celebrate Valentine’s Day without spending a lot of money. Below are some of those ways:

Have a Movie Night at Home

If you do not have the money to take your significant other to the movies, then you should consider having a movie night at home. All you need is a couple of good movies and a big bowl of popcorn. You and your significant other can cuddle up on the couch while you are watching the movie together. That is very romantic.

Make Lollipop Valentine’s Day Cards

This is an activity that the entire family will enjoy. You will need a couple of pieces of red, purple, pink and green construction paper, pencils, glue, scissors, tape and heart-shaped lollipops. Take one piece of red, pink or purple construction paper and cut out some hearts. After that, use the green construction paper to cut out some leaves.

The next step is to write a cute message on one side of every heart. After you have written the message, tape or glue a lollipop on the blank side of every heart. The final step in this process is to tape at least one leaf on the stem of every lollipop.

Cook a Meal for Your Sweetheart

Why pay for a high-priced restaurant meal when you can cook for your special someone at home? If you cook for your significant other on a regular basis, then you may want to consider cooking a new dish. You can even get your sweetheart to help you cook.

Take a Moonlit Walk

If you do not want to stay in the house on Valentine’s Day, then you should consider taking a moonlit walk with your sweetheart. You and your sweetie can go to the nearby park or beach and gaze at the stars.

Have a Picnic

You can also have a picnic if you do not want to stay in the house on Valentine’s Day. The two of you can head to the local park, put a cloth over a table and enjoy a nice meal together.

Go for a Drive

Valentine’s Day is a great time to take a stroll down memory lane. One way that you and your significant other can reminisce on times when you first started dating is to get in the car and go for a drive. The two of you may also want to consider packing a couple of snacks.

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How To Make Homemade Beeswax Candles With Your Kids

Introducing your kids to arts and crafts at a young age is very important to their development. Arts and crafts help develop your child’s creativity and imagination, and gives them a fun, practical, and safe outlet to pour their excess energy into.

Making homemade candles with your kids is a great project to get your children into arts and crafts. There are several great uses to the homemade candles you and your kids can make. Homemade candles also make great holiday gifts. They’re also very practical and come in handy in case you need some extra lighting in your garden, since they add to overall atmosphere. You can also just put them over your fireplace as a beautiful decoration and cherished memory. And by making candles with your kids you now have a shared hobby you can bond over for a lifetime.

Some parents worry about letting their children make candles for safety reasons. After all letting your kids play with hot wax doesn’t sound safe at all. It is true, young children shouldn’t be involved in traditional candle making activities until they get a little older. But there are several alternatives to traditional candle making, like beeswax candle making, that are one hundred percent safe for children of all ages.

Beeswax candle making is the ideal way to make candles with your children because it is the solution to the problems of safety risks posed by traditional candle making. Beeswax candle making is so safe for kids because beeswax is naturally soft and doesn’t need to be melted at any time during the candle making process. Your natural body heat is all that’s required to mold the wax into any shape of candle you desire. Plus beeswax is cheap and readily available at almost all arts and crafts stores. Beeswax is usually sold in sheets, and your kids will love all the different colors of beeswax they can choose from.

Beeswax candle making is also so great for kids because of how simple and easy it is to do. All your need to make a homemade beeswax candle is one sheet of beeswax, a wick, and pair of scissors if you wish to trim the wick of the candle. Some candle makers also use a hair dryer when making beeswax candles, as giving a sheet of beeswax a quick blast with a hair dryer can heat it up and make it even easier to mold without melting the beeswax.

To make a beeswax candle, start out by selecting a wick that is at least a half inch longer than the shortest side of the beeswax sheet. Then simply lay the wick on. If you want to use a hair dryer to make the beeswax easier to mold, now is time to give it a quick blast.

To start rolling the candle, lift the entire side of the wax up and tightly wrap it around the wick, making sure to seal all the edges in securely so you’ll be able to roll the candle evenly from here on. Continue rolling the candle applying pressure but not so much you leave the candle deformed. If you don’t roll the candle tight it will not burn properly so while rolling make sure you routinely check to make sure the edges are aligned properly.

After you finish rolling the candle you will need to seal it. To seal the candle just take your finger and gently apply pressure up and down the candle, and your natural body heat will be enough to seal the candle. Make sure to repeat the sealing step until the candle adheres and there’s no visible separation between the layers of beeswax. Also be careful as not to press too hard when sealing the candle, as too much pressure can cause you to make the candle.

The last step to making your beeswax candle is trimming the wick. After sealed take the wick of the candle and using a pair of scissors cut off any excess wick until the wick is of suitable length. On the bottom of the candle the wick should not be visible and as close to the base of the candle if possible, while on the other side one fourth of an inch usually proves to be a suitable length that is easy to light and allows the candle to burn properly.

This post was written by Sashka. She is a part time blogger. She loves writing about fashion, decorating , DIY projects, home improvement. This article was inspired by creative ideas and tips on safe candle making for kids.



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Building Family Relationships through Arts And Crafts

 

family craftsComing together to build a project, to learn a skill, or to celebrate a talent can be one of the most satisfying moments for a parent and their child.  Staying together through arts and crafts can allow a family to retain a sense of teamwork and mutual interest that has the potential to last a lifetime and beyond.  No matter what your artistic abilities are, you are can reap the rewards of communication and respect that come with a family arts and crafts night.

Craft Activities for Every Season

One of the best ways to capitalize on a child’s artistic skills is to hone them for each season that goes by.  The holidays offer an excellent way to demonstrate a family’s craftsmanship because of the imagery and colors associated with each.

Halloween During Halloween, purchase a dozen pumpkins of various sizes and have each family member come up with two or three pictures that will turn into Jack-O-Lanterns, putting the emphasis on creativity and originality.

Thanksgiving Decorate the house during November with hand turkeys that have messages of thankfulness.

4th of July During the 4th of July, create your own signs and banners that you can show off during your city’s parade.

St. Patrick’s Day During St. Patrick’s Day, bake green colored cookies and treats, or try your hand at tie-dying shirts different shades of green and gold.

Finding an activity that everyone in the family is capable of putting time into can be a challenge, especially if there is an age gap between oldest and youngest children.  Taking up a simple sport like ultimate frisbee or kickball that requires a minimum of skill and strength can be a great way to develop a competitive streak and let everyone work their tension out.  You can go to a recreation center or high school to use their athletic fields after hours and during summer.  If you and your kids have an ear for music, try taking piano lessons together and put on a family recital once or twice a year.  Encourage kids to pursue activities they enjoy rather than forcing it on them.

Not all activities need to involve getting out of the house.  A simple family relationship can be built on a board game night, where everyone pulls out their favorite game of skill and chance and rolls the dice to victory.  Use these opportunities to communicate with kids about issues they are going through with school or friends.  Check out thefamilycompass – advice for parents with troubled teens.

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Our guest blogger today is Entrapremom.  Entrepremom is a hands-on mom to two wonderful little girls. She spends most of her time playing with her kids and sewing cool clothes for them.

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Making Your Kids Love Vegetable Recipes

Making Your Kids Love Vegetable Recipes

Allowing your child to become more involved in the kitchen is not only a great way to bond, it also gives children a sense of accomplishment. It also gives them the idea of the labor that is behind preparing each meal. Somehow, if you involve your children in the preparation of simple vegetable dishes, they would learn to appreciate the food even more.

Bring Your Kids with You to the Grocery Store

Teaching your child to learn to eat food other than fast food could be tricky. It is a challenge even for the seasoned parent to do. Aside from allowing your children to help out in the kitchen, why not bring them to the grocery? Grocery shopping could be a field trip to them as parents and children can explore new kinds of vegetables that they can eat.

Teach Your Child the Nutritional Value of Vegetables

Working together in the kitchen is an opportunity for the parent to teach nutrition to kids. They should be made aware of the many benefits of eating vegetables. Tell them that it reduces their vulnerability to stress and anxiety which often prelude the existence of several serious and chronic diseases. However, you need to explain these things in a manner which is more comprehensible for them. For example, you can tell them that these vegetables contain nutrients that will make their heart and their brain become healthier. Furthermore, tell them that these veggies will help increase their resistance against colds, cough and other common diseases that may become serious once left untreated. You can also tell them how these vegetables can make their skin glow healthy and their eyes more capable of seeing clearly.

Involve Your Kids in the Preparation of Healthy Meals

You can also mix and match other foods such as pasta and top it off with vegetables to make it more colorful and pleasing. You can start serving green beans and tomatoes that goes with pasta. Let your child pick the type of pasta he or she wants and let them join you in preparing it. If your child is old enough let them slice the green beans and the tomatoes. Remember to closely supervise your child when using a sharp utensil such as a knife. When done, allow your child to spruce up the pasta with the mixture of basil sauce and tomatoes and green beans. You can make the basil sauce by mixing two tablespoons of olive oil, a cup of torn basil leaves, tomatoes and boiled green beans into a hot pan. Add salt and pepper to taste, then stir and cook for at least four minutes.

Teach Your Child How to Prepare Vegetable Salads

Salads are the most simple and the basic of all vegetable recipes that you and your child can make. You can start with a simple cucumber. Teach your child on the nutritional value of cucumbers. You can show how to make a strip or ribbon salad out of a cucumber. Using a peeler, peel off the skins of the cucumber. Then cut it into strips. On the other hand, your child can prepare the dressing by allowing him or her to mix two tablespoons of vinegar, a tablespoon of canola oil, half a teaspoon of sesame oil and another half a teaspoon of honey with salt and pepper to taste. Allow your child to toss the salad so that he or she can feel how it is like to be in charge in preparing food.

As you let your child become more involved in preparing healthy meals such as those vegetable recipes, they will find it hard to refuse eating it once it is served. In fact, they would even become excited to taste it and lick the plate empty. They would be so proud to know that they are capable of preparing healthy meals. Vegetable meals are not exactly on the top of the eating bucket list of your kids. However, if you succeed in making them interested in vegetables you can be assured of proper nutrition for your little tykes.

About the Author:

Ryan Rivera used to suffer from the symptoms of anxiety attacks for seven years. He now advocates healthy living as the best weapon against anxiety and depression. You can read more of his articles at Calm Clinic.

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Thanks Ryan for this great guest post! My kids don’t know it yet, but there are many veggies in their future :)

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